Lagos — The West African Gas Pipeline Company (WAPCo), operator of the West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) system, has shut down its pipeline system after experiencing a loss of pressure around the Lome segment of the pipeline on Tuesday, the company has said.
Mrs. Harriet Wereko-Brobby, the company's General Manager, Corporate Affairs said in a statement that WAPCo has subsequently stopped all gas deliveries to its onshore stations.
She also disclosed that her company is working closely with the government agencies and other relevant organisations to investigate the cause of loss of pressure and to ensure safety while rectifying the situation.
The West African Gas Pipeline (WAGP) is owned and operated by the West African Gas Pipeline Company limited (WAPCo). The pipeline transport natural gas from Nigeria to customers in Benin, Togo and Ghana.
WAPCo is owned by Chevron West African Gas Pipeline Ltd (36.7%); Nigerian National Petroleum Corporation (25%); Shell Overseas Holdings Limited (18%); Takoradi Power Company Limited (16.3%), Societe Togolaise de Gsaz (2%) and Societe BenGaz S.A. (2%).
The construction of the WAGP began in January 2005 and it was commissioned in early 2011. The project suffered from repeated delays due to insecurity in the Niger Delta, damage to the pipeline and high levels of moisture in the gas.
The pipeline is 678 kilometres (km) long, and links into the existing Escravos-Lagos pipeline at the Nigeria Gas Company's Itoki Natural Gas Export Terminal in Nigeria.
From Lagos it runs offshore to Takoradi, in Ghana, with gas delivery laterals from the main line extending to Cotonou (Benin), Lome (Togo) and Tema (Ghana).